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Indigenous Forest Management In the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Kavita Arora
    Pages 1-15
  3. Kavita Arora
    Pages 17-100
  4. Kavita Arora
    Pages 101-146
  5. Kavita Arora
    Pages 147-158
  6. Kavita Arora
    Pages 189-195
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 197-222

About this book


This book offers an extensive study of indigenous communities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, and their methods of forest conservation, along with an exploration of the impact of forestry operations in the islands and the wide scale damage they have incurred on both the land and the people. Through an in-depth analysis of the contrasting indigenous practices and governmental forestry schemes, the author has compared the modern ‘Joint Forest Management’ resolution with the ethos and practices of the indigenous people of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Throughout the book, readers will learn about the different indigenous communities inhabiting these islands and the treasure of knowledge each of them provide on forest conservation. 

The book establishes that the notion of knowledge is politicized by the dominant culture in the context of Andaman’s forest tribes, and traces how this denial of the existence of indigenous knowledge by government officials has led to reduced forest area in the region. The book also explores and analyses strategies to utilize and conserve the tribes' profound knowledge of the biodiversity of the islands and study their efforts towards forest conservation, protection and rejuvenation.


sustainable forest management ethno-botanical knowledge Andamanese and Nicobari tribes indigenous methods of forest management Great Andamani and Jarwas tribes Onges and Sentenelese tribes cultural ecology sustainable management of forests Joint Forest Management

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of DelhiShaheed Bhagat Singh CollegeDelhiIndia

About the authors

Dr. Kavita Arora is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi. She is a political geographer by training and her research interests include development and environment related issues in South and Southeast Asia; and forest management, gender and tribal studies. 

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